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Equity and the distribution of rehabilitation personnel in one health district in the Western Cape

P. Struthers
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 57, No 4 | a513 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v57i4.513 | © 2018 P. Struthers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2018 | Published: 30 November 2001

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P. Struthers, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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This paper describes a situation analysis of the rehabilitation personnel, employed by the state and non-governmental organisations, and the services available for people with disabilities in one health district in Cape Town. The recurrent cost of employing the rehabilitation personnel is analysed to determine how funding is allocated within the district. The results indicate that most expenditure on personnel is at two state institutions in the district, with 76% of the expenditure at the regional psychiatric hospital and its residential facility for people with a profound intellectual disability. The balance - 24% of expenditure - is the cost of employing rehabilitation personnel who provide a district level service. Seventy percent of this district level expenditure is at one special school that accepts 6% of children with disabilities in the district. A high percentage of intellectually disabled children and adults, with or without physical disabilities, do not have access to rehabilitation. There is minimal expenditure on employing rehabilitation personnel at the community heath centre. The only expenditure on community based rehabilitation is provided by the non-governmental organisation. The study demonstrates the inequitable distribution of funding for rehabilitation services within one relatively well-resourced health district and makes recommendations to facilitate change.


Equity; Rehabilitation; Personnel Costs; Resource Allocation; Disability


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